Limescale is not the only way to remove moss from a lawn. In most cases, the problem of a moss-covered green area can be solved with lawn lime. Here you can find out why, when, and how to properly lime your lawn.
Why do you have to lime a mossy lawn?
Liming the lawn is not part of the standard care program. Only when the acid value in the soil is out of balance does moss gain the upper hand over the weakening lawn grasses. In order for the lawn to develop as a lush green carpet, an ideal pH value of 6.0 to 7.0 is desirable.
If the value falls well below 6.0, regulate the deficit with lime. With a test set from the hardware store, you can check the soil acid value in a simple and inexpensive way.
What time of year does lime work best against moss?
Lime is very effective at eliminating moss problems in lawns when applied during the transition from winter to spring. As soon as the ground has thoroughly thawed and there is no reason to fear delayed ground frosts, the time window opens.
How is the lawn correctly limed?
It is obvious that lime must penetrate deep into the earth in order to regulate the pH value in the long term. It is therefore not enough to simply spread the lawn lime over the surface. How to do it right:
- Mow the lawn deep and scarify
- Sweep the moss away with a rake
- Fill lime into a spreader and spread on the lawn
Since lime does not act as a moss destroyer, but only deprives the moss of its livelihood, it makes sense to scarify beforehand. Unless it rains heavily that day, water the lawn afterward.
After a few weeks, carry out the pH value test again to lime again if necessary. Experience has shown that a new treatment is only necessary after 2 to 3 years.